Severino Poletto

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Severino Poletto
Archbishop of Turin
Poletto in 2015
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed19 June 1999
Installed5 September 1999
Term ended11 October 2010
PredecessorGiovanni Saldarini
SuccessorCesare Nosiglia
Other post(s)Cardinal Priest of San Giuseppe in Via Trionfale (2001–2022)
Ordination29 June 1957
by Giuseppe Angrisani
Consecration17 May 1980
by Anastasio Ballestrero
Created cardinal21 February 2001
by Pope John Paul II
RankCardinal priest
Personal details
Severino Poletto

(1933-03-18)18 March 1933
Died17 December 2022(2022-12-17) (aged 89)
Moncalieri, Italy
Previous post(s)
Alma materAlphonsian Academy
MottoIn sequela Christi
Styles of
Severino Poletto
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Severino Poletto (18 March 1933 – 17 December 2022) was an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Turin from 1999 to 2010. A bishop since 1980, he was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.


Poletto was born in Salgareda, Veneto, on 18 March 1933, the youngest of 11 children, 9 of whom survived infancy. The family emigrated to the Piedmont in search of work in 1952. He studied at the seminary in Treviso and then at the major seminary in Casale Monferrato in the province of Alessandria. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1957 by Bishop Giuseppe Angrisani of Casale Monferrato.[1] He earned a licentiate in moral theology summa cum laude from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome in 1977 and worked as a curate in Montemagno. In 1965 he was named parish priest in Oltreponte; at the same time he worked part-time in a local factory. In 1973, Poletto founded the Diocesan Centre for Family Ministry.[citation needed]

On 3 April 1980, he was named bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Fossano.[2] He was consecrated a bishop on 17 May by Cardinal Anastasio Ballestrero, Archbishop of Turin, and succeeded as bishop on 29 October.

Poletto served for ten years as secretary of the Piedmontese Episcopal Conference.[1]

On 16 March 1989, he was named Bishop of Asti[3] and on 19 June 1999 Archbishop of Turin.[4] He was installed in Turin on 9 September.[5]

Pope John Paul II created him Cardinal-Priest of San Giuseppe in Via Trionfale on 21 February 2001.[6] On 15 May John Paul named him a member of the Congregation for the Clergy[7] and on 18 May of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.[8]

Poletto was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI[9] and the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.[10]

Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Turin on 11 October 2010.[11]

Poletto died in Moncalieri, just south of Turin, on 17 December 2022, at the age of 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Morto il cardinal Poletto, arcivescovo emerito di Torino: aveva 89 anni". La Stampa (in Italian). 18 December 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  2. ^ Acts Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXII. 1980. p. 330. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  3. ^ Acts Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXI. 1989. p. 579. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Acts Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXXI. 1999. p. 843. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Il Signore ha chiamato a sé il card. Severino Poletto". Chiesa Cattolica di Torino (in Italian). 18 December 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  6. ^ Pope John Paul II (21 February 2001). "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la creazione dei nuovi Cardinali" [Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals]. The Holy See (Homily) (in Italian). Libreria Editrica Vaticana. Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.05.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 18.05.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 May 2001. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Elenco degli Em.mi Cardinali che entrano in Conclave secondo il loro rispettivo ordine di precedenza (Vescovi, Presbiteri, Diaconi)" [List of the Eminent Cardinals entering into Conclave according to their respective order of precedence (Bishops, Priests, Deacons)]. Sala Stampa della Santa Sede (in Italian). 18 April 2005. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  10. ^ "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 12.10.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Francesco Dadone
Bishop of Fossano
29 October 1980 – 16 March 1989
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Franco Sibilla
Bishop of Asti
16 March 1989 – 19 June 1999
Succeeded by
Francesco Guido Ravinale
Preceded by Archbishop of Turin
19 June 1999 – 11 October 2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest 'pro hac vice' of San Giuseppe in Via Trionfale
21 February 2001 – 18 December 2022
Succeeded by